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27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing

27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing

Sometimes we have a favorite shirt or pair of jeans that we just can’t wear anymore but we don’t want to part with. Some clothes leave us with memories, especially clothes our kids wore. So what do you do with the old clothes?

Here are 27 creative ways to reuse old clothing.

1. T-Shirt Comforter Turn your old t-shirts into a blanket.

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    2. Shirt Pillow Case Turn old shirts into a pillowcase. You can use t-shirts as well!

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      3. Shirt Coin Purse Make a small coin purse or wallet using an old shirt.

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        4.  Shirt Tote Bag Make a tote bag.

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          5. DIY Draft stopper Use old jeans to stop drafts and save energy in your home.

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            6. Shirt Dress Turn a men’s shirt into a shirt dress.

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              7. Repurposed Men’s shirt  How about making a pin-tucked tunic for summer?

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                8.  Hat out of a Sweater Turn an old sweater into a fun winter hat.

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                  9. Long-sleeve Shirt into Wrap Skirt Turn a long sleeve t-shirt into a wrap skirt.

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                    10.   T-shirt Produce Bag Cut up an old t-shirt and use as colorful produce bags.

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                      11. Little girl’s dress Use an old men’s shirt to make a dress for your little girl.

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                        12. Pillowcase Romper Use a vintage pillowcase to create a cute comfy romper for your little one.

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                          13.  baby sleeping bag Use an old pillowcase to make your baby comfy.

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                            14.   flower accessories Use old shirts, sheets, or pillowcases to create these adorable hair accessories.

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                              15.  t-shirt scarf Use old t-shirts to create a scarf.

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                                16. Baby clothing creatures Make a cute a pillow or toy.

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                                  17. Shirt onesie Create a sweet onesie for your little one.

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                                    18. Shorts from a night shirt Create comfy shorts for lounging.

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                                      19. Peasant Top  Make a cute peasant top.

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                                        20. Denim Fabric Purse Not your average handbag, use old jeans and an old shirt to create this purse.

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                                          21. Denim Corset Add flair to your outfit with this figure-flattering denim corset.

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                                            22. T-shirt Pom Poms Create these decorative pom poms using an old t-shirt.

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                                              23. T-shirt weaving & cutting To resize, or add creative flair to your old t-shirts.

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                                                24. Denim Flannel Quilt Old Jeans and flannels create a cozy quilt.

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                                                  25. T-Shirt Art Create memories for your walls with this t-shirt art.

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                                                    26. T-Shirt Wrap Dress An old oversized t-shirt can create a one-of-a-kind look.

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                                                      27. Pillowcase Nightgown Create a simple nightgown from a pillowcase.

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                                                        Featured photo credit: Comforter, draft stop, repurposed men’s shirt, hat out of a sweater, long sleeve wrap skirt, produce bag, romper, sleeping bag, flower accessories, scarf, baby creature, shorts, denim purse, corset, pom pom, t-shirt weaving, denim quilt, art, wrap, night gown via Trends & Ideas Pillow case, coin purse, tote bag, shirt dress, little girl’s dress, onesie, peasant top, via Crooked Brains

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                                                        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                        The result: no more mental stress.

                                                        2. Unplug

                                                        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                        3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                        The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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